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Monday, March 07, 2011

Meanwhile, in Qatar...

From the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information:
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, condemned the continued arbitrary detention of human rights activist and blogger Sultan Khulaifi , owner of the blog “http://binkhaleefa.blogspot.com” without trial early this month.

Security stormed Khulaifi’s house in Doha on March 1st , 2011 , they searched the house and car and then took him by force to an unknown location They informed his his wife that this was the decision of the Attorney General, despite the absence of any decision . So far, reasons for arresting Khulaifi were not announced.

However, it is expected that Khulaifi was arrested against the backdrop of his human rights activities in support of freedom and democracy on his blog . Arresting the blogger is a flagrant violation of the right to freedom of expression and an unacceptable breach to national legislations, treaties and international obligations.
The blog they refer to has a mere 4 posts, and has not been updated in over a year. I see no indication that posts have disappeared from it, so this does not look like it was a major or influential blog in the least.

The blog seemed to criticize Qatar from an Islamist perspective.